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May 27, 2014 - 12:00am

The summer-movie slate looks like a typically airheaded one, from Land of the Lost to the naughty new spoof Bruno. But fear not: We found a few dramas — even some foreign weepies — to help tide you over.

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

1 hour 57 min ago

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.

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From 'Field Of Dreams' To 'Draft Day': Who Cares About The Front Office?

5 hours 46 min ago

Sports movies seem to have made a strange turn from focusing on players to focusing on agents and managers. It makes for a sad progression from magical realism to yelling about money.

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From 'Field Of Dreams' To 'Draft Day': Who Cares About The Front Office?

5 hours 46 min ago

Sports movies seem to have made a strange turn from focusing on players to focusing on agents and managers. It makes for a sad progression from magical realism to yelling about money.

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Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing

10 hours 52 min ago

In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.

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'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time

10 hours 52 min ago

NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.

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Exploring The Secret History Of The Cubicle

10 hours 52 min ago

The new book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, is a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Nikil Saval.

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Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

10 hours 52 min ago

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.

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BBC Icon Finds Children's Adventure In An Element Hunter

10 hours 52 min ago

Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks.

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All Grown Up? Three Books About The Mystery Of Coming Of Age

13 hours 46 min ago

Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.

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Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

April 19, 2014 - 5:07pm

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

April 19, 2014 - 11:03am

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

April 19, 2014 - 11:03am

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

April 19, 2014 - 8:12am

Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.

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'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection

April 19, 2014 - 8:12am

Monday marks the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. A look back at the seminal teen flick reveals a surprisingly deep and romantic story.

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For Chris O'Dowd, 'Of Mice And Men' Is More Than An American Story

April 19, 2014 - 5:20am

"All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.

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A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

April 18, 2014 - 6:27pm

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.

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Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies At 83

April 18, 2014 - 4:58pm

Dean's "Paul Robeson" originally starred James Earl Jones when it opened on Broadway in 1978. It would go on to several revivals in New York and Europe.

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Superheroes Go To Washington, And They've Got Political Advice

April 18, 2014 - 4:08pm

With a big comics convention in Washington, D.C., this weekend, NPR's Ailsa Chang asked some costumed enthusiasts for suggestions on how to help the folks inside the Capitol.

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Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?

April 18, 2014 - 4:08pm

Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.

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